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for Black Catholics During the

COVID-19 Pandemic

The novel Coronavirus, as you know spreading rapidly around the world, officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. More than 14.9 million people have been infected globally, and in its wake Coronavirus is leaving a death toll of over 617,000 people. 

These numbers continue to increase daily, is present in 188 countries and the virus has disproportionately impacted African-Americans, prompting THE BOWMAN-FRANCIS MINISTRY TEAM to commit to paper our response, a COVID-19 Prayer written with for Black Catholics in mind.

As Black Catholics, we turn to God in times of fear and uncertainty, as we do in times of joy and celebration. Please join us as we pray for God’s heart of love, mercy, and truth and ask Him who is able to do above and exceedingly beyond all human comprehension, to rest, rule and dwell in us, show us how to face the challenges posed by the coronavirus and continue on this Christian walk with Christ.


Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us to deal with life and all of its challenges. You can pray for all of those who are currently sick and suffering with the Coronavirus, those who are recovering and learning to live with the lasting effects, as well as those who are taking care of those sick and or recovering from the Coronavirus.


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Date: 7/16/20

Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity


For all who have contracted coronavirus,
     We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
     We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
     We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
     We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
     We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
     We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
     We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decision makers,
     We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
     Grant peace.
     Grant comfort.
     Grant healing.
     Be with us, Lord.


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In a special way we remember those who have succumbed to the Coronavirus.

Tho they may not have been able to be funeralized in a traditional, way we pray that they were welcomed into to heaven, where there's everlasting life. We Pray...

Eternal rest, grant unto tHEM
O Lord and let perpetual
light shine upon tHEM.

May TheIr soulS and the
souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.

May they ALL rest in the peace of Christ and may all who are grieving their passing, receive consolation from Christ, the risen Savior who has conquered

death for us all.


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